some birds are funny when they talk








Stuck in my Head
"Kiss Me Harder" by Bertine Zetlitz
"Hot" by Avril
"Brain Problem Situation" by They Might Be Giants

Now Reading
Number 9 Dream by David Mitchell
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage by Alice Munro

Recently Finished
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by David Eggers
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
Mad Tony and Me by Carl Hoffman
Sweet Soul Music by Peter Guaralnick
This Must Be The Place: Adventures of Talking Heads in the 20th Century by David Bowman
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Movies Lately
4 Months 3 Weeks 2 Days
Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts
Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour
2 Days in Paris
United 93
The Savages
The Bourne Ultimatum
Sweeney Todd
The Departed
What Would Jesus Buy?
Ghost World
I'm Not There
She's The Man
Lars and the Real Girl
Romance and Cigarettes
No Country for Old Men
Into the Wild
I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With
Across the Universe

Shows Lately
Damo Suzuki/Stinking Lizaveta @ Mill Creek
Death and the Maiden @ Curio
Devon Sproule/Carsie Blanton/Devin Greenwood/John Francis @ Tin Angel
Assassins @ The Arden
Oakley Hall and the Teeth @ Johnny Brendas
Isabella and Flamingo/Winnebago and Map Me and Gatz and Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven and Sonic Dances and Strawberry Farm and The Emperor Jones and No Dice and Hearts of Man and Principles of Uncertainty and Isabella and BATCH and Addicted to Bad Ideas: Peter Lorre's 20th Century and Car and Sports Trilogy and Explanatorium and Wandering Alice and Must Don't Whip Um and Festival of Lies and A Room of Ones Own and Recitatif @ the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival/Philly Fringe
Martha Graham Cracker and Eliot Levin and Kilo etc. @ the Fringe Cabaret
Lullatone and Teletextile @ Boulder Coffee [Rochester]
TV Sound @ the M Room
Aretha Franklin @ East Dell, Fairmount Pk.
Romeo + Juliet in Clark Park
Daft Punk @ Red Rocks
Spoon @ Rockefeller Park
Ponytail at Pony Pants' House
Mirah/Benjy Ferree @ the 1UC
Tortoise @ World Cafe Live
Hall & Oates...ish
"Nuclear Dreams" - Mascher Dance Group, x2
The Four of Us @ 1812
Machines Machines Machines Machines Machines Machines Machines by Rainpan whatever
Mascher Dance Group/Nathaniel Bartlett
Cornelius @ TLA
Sloan @ World Cafe
In Fluxxxx
Slavic Soul Party!/Red Heart the Ticker @ I-House
the Fantasticks @ Mum
Peter Bjork + Jorn/Fujiya + Miyagi @ fkaTLA
John Vanderslice @ Johnny Brendas
The Books & Todd Reynolds @ 1UC
Into the Woods @ LPAC
The Fishbowl @ the Frear
Caroline, or, Change @ the Arden
Low & Loney, Dear. @ 1UC

Wednesday, July 10

one of those summer things where one activity flows into the next, not particularly planned out. and sleeping on a couch doesn't make it seem like a new day has arrived.

so becca met us in harvard square just when (starbucks radioshack shoestore) dan and mami left to take martha to the bus station. we were both wearing grey-green khaki pants and bright pink shirts. we met megumi for some indian, and esmé (whose name i'm sure is not spelled like that) came in in the middle - those two (her friends) were matching too, in plain grey tank tops. nothing to do but walk to rebecca's house (a long discussion of m's boy problems) because a home is a nice thing to be in and there are comfortable green chairs and couch reminiscent of the couch downstairs here.

those two left and we played scrabble (i almost made "phlox" over about three premiums) and talked and pulled out books and went to sleep. in the morning i finished the 60p Phillip K. Dick novella "The Minority Report," which bears only some resemblance to the movie of a similar title.

i did a lot of driving the next day (which was MONDAY) - i've been doing a fair amount of driving with Dan, including my first parallel park and my first illegal u-turn. but i did much more with Ruth, in her saab convertible. lots of highways, etc. my driving ability varies depending on who i'm with - their level of comfort or their expectations of how well i can drive. seems.

from camb. (after breakfast) to watertown to get a few things, then a mall way out for fabric store and sewing machine cord, i sat in the fab. place and read Borges, called cd dupers for notable. Walden Pond, very pretty and a swim is lovely at the end of a day when it's warm. then some greek dinner and About a Boy, which is comparable to the book as i remember it - meaning, enjoyable but specifically not as good as HiFi. some good lines: "tonite on petrescue: a clever stoat keeps people on their toes in sussex" and "shut up, you're wounding my soul" (not in book.) j. mitchell becomes r. flack and snoop dogg becomes mystikal. how about that mystikal track. there was a 12" of it kicking around in upper tarble for a while.

then, um, yesterday. nick, on a year off from bard, just returned from a massage-school/ashram and previously an intern here, was around to help with checking out channels on the board, which we did first with an oscilloscope+wave generator and then with tortoise, stereolab, sly stone, and the beastie boys. pizza for lunch.

japanese again for dinner (not that i'm complaining), this time at new ginza, with an octet - ben+barb, carla+josh plus rebecca invited herself along to keep us company. josh shared his knowledge of diamond cuts and everything else. he's very amusing. interactions between he and benny esp. (the former talks so fast and the latter hears with difficulty)
like so:

j: maximalism…makingJudaismasbigapartofyrlife/as
b: sorry, making what a part of your life?
j: Judsm
b: what?
j: Jdsm
b: what?
j: Jdaism. it's a /religion
b: oh, judaism.

good. sorbet. dump. danny and i watched Pootie Tang, which is very silly and also pretty funny. i approve.

less today; LeRoi and Lawrence LeRock upstairs finished track two of the SeneComp, "Day Glow Hell" by SenKumpa. it's pretty funky now. i'm reading a new book - a big book - at Rebecca's request; the amazing adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon. 100 pages in already. back to newberry st. for dan's haircut allowed me to go back and get those two vinyl singles i wanted. mmm. maybe i go listen to them now. i've been listening to coldcut and the "pyramid song" b-sides. it goes.

how will it all happen, with n.y. and the 'dacks and concerts and all. many people now are getting involved. i got an e-mail from k.duffy saying that r.cochran may be coming to siren. how does she know?

(that's "some skunk funk" by the brecker bros.)